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Valentine’s Day 2020: Here is Ratan Tata’s Tale Of Unrequited Love!

This Valentine’s Day, industrialist Ratan Tata gave his fans and followers a very special gift-a sneak peek into his private life! Tata revealed how once he fell in love and had ‘almost gotten married.’

He told his ‘love story’ while in conversation with the popular Facebook page ‘Humans of Bombay.’

The story dates back to the 1960s when Tata lived in Los Angeles and was working at an architecture firm.

He spoke of that joyful time when he was in his mid-20s, had a wonderful job and enjoyed his life in LA.

Shedding light on his ‘love life’, Mr. Tata said “It was in LA that I fell in love and almost got married. But at the same time, I had made the decision to move back at least temporarily since I had been away from my grandmother who wasn’t keeping too well for almost 7 years.”

Later, Tata visited the girl he loved, believing that he could convince her to move to India with him.

“But because of the 1962 Indo-China War, her parents weren’t okay with her making the move anymore, and the relationship fell apart,” he added.

Tata, who is the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, revealed a lot about his childhood and early life in the post. Take a look:

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(1/3) “I had a happy childhood, but as my brother & I got older, we faced a fair bit of ragging & personal discomfort because of our parent’s divorce, which in those days wasn’t as common. But my grandmother brought us up in every way. Soon after when my mother remarried, the boys at school started saying all kinds of things about us–constantly & aggressively. But our grandmother taught us to retain dignity at all costs, a value that’s stayed with me until today. It involved walking away from these situations, which otherwise we would’ve fought back against. I remember, after WW2, she took my brother & I for summer holidays to London. It was there that the values were really hammered in. She’d tell us, ‘don’t say this’ or ‘keep quiet about that’ & that’s where ‘dignity above everything else’ really embedded in our minds. And she’s always been there for us. It’s difficult now to say who’s right or wrong. I wanted to learn to play the violin, my father insisted on the piano. I wanted to go to college in the US, he insisted on UK. I wanted to be an architect, he insisted on me becoming an engineer. If it weren’t for my grandmother, I wouldn’t have ended up at Cornell University in the US. It was because of her that even though I enrolled for mechanical engineering, I switched majors & graduated with a degree in architecture. My father was upset & there was a fair bit of rancour, but I was finally my own, independent person in college & it was my grandmother who taught me that courage to speak up can also be soft & dignified. After college, I landed a job at an architecture firm in LA, where I worked for 2 years. It was a great time–the weather was beautiful, I had my own car & loved my job. It was in LA that I fell in love & almost got married. But at the same time I’d made the decision to move back at least temporarily since I had been away from my grandmother who wasn’t keeping too well for almost 7 years. So I came back to visit her & thought that the person I wanted to marry would come to India with me, but because of the 1962 Indo-China war her parent’s weren’t okay with her making the move anymore & the relationship fell apart.”

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